photos by Faith-Ann Young

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"The Drones' short, five-song set followed, and they crammed intensity and vitriol down our ear canals in the space of 25 minutes. The Drones are the most important band I saw this [SXSW], an unknown commodity in the states but revered in their home country. They did not disappoint, playing an older song I didn't know before jamming out cathartic highlights from their last two albums. They rocked their way through their dirty garage numbers, polished in their complex song structures and yet laden with primal energy. This band is astonishingly good live and on record. That they haven't broken through here is insane to me." [Mission Freak]

They've made their way through Austin and played Thursday (3/26) night's Aussie BBQ (with the Grates, Youth Group, etc) at the Bell House in Brooklyn - now The Drones continue their US tour in NYC tonight (3/30) at Union Hall in Brooklyn with The War on Drugs. From there it's off to Philly before returning for a 3rd NYC show on this tour - Thursday night, April 2nd at Pianos. All dates HERE.

The pictures in this post are from a Little Radio showcase they played during SXSW at Red Eyed Fly (which is a different Austin show than the one reviewed in the quote above. that took place at Karma Lounge.). More Red Eyed Fly pics below...

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